Not all car batteries are the same, learn more today!
By Product Expert | Posted in Helpful Advice, Service on Friday, February 12th, 2021 at 5:43 pm
Does it matter what kind of battery I buy for my car?
The vehicle sitting in your driveway might be powered by an internal combustion engine, but nobody is going anywhere without a properly functioning battery. Anyone who has been caught in the rain, heat or other less than perfect weather has learned a hard lesson about how the importance of an automotive battery. If you know it’s time to make replace the battery, you are likely also wondering, ‘Does it matter what kind of battery I buy for my car?’ Well, yes. There are some considerations you need to make to avoid making a potentially costly mistake. Let’s take a closer look at a few things you might need to know.
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How do I pick out a car battery?
The first thing you’ll want to know when picking out a new car battery is how it fits in your specific vehicle. Each automaker will have a different method for installing a battery. Owners will need to know if the battery terminals need to be located on the top or the side of the battery. From there, you’ll need to know how much power the battery needs to produce to properly work. This will be a question of amps and that information will be located in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. If you get stuck, the Parts Department at Meridian Honda or any reputable auto parts store will be able to easily tell you exactly what you need.
Are there different kinds of car batteries?
Like anything else, the technology used in car batteries has changed. A lot of vehicles still use lead acid batteries, but higher-end, high-performance vehicles might use what is called an absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery. Instead of liquid acid being contained in the battery housing, AGM batteries essentially use pieces of fiberglass fabric soaked in battery acid to produce electricity. Traditional lead acid batteries are less expensive, but AGM batteries are leak proof and can often make more power.
It is important to note that a vehicle that came with a lead acid battery can use a compatible AGM battery, but a vehicle that was built with an AGM battery can’t use a lead acid battery.
If you have any questions about the best way to take care of your vehicle, please reach out to a Meridian Honda service advisor today.